A base of the startup is always a dream, a dream to stand out from the crowd, a dream to rise like a star. Then comes the card of passion and hard work. Every startup includes a set of some awesome card which we call team. So today in our series of Superhero of Startup we are featuring team ZingoHotels.
Tell us something about you and your startup.
About Me:- I started my career when I was 18 years old as an HR Generalist with an MNC in Bangalore, I Met my Other Co-founder Abhinav Prashant in an event at IIM-K and then he led and inspired me into this entrepreneurial journey. My first startup YatriCab.com (An Online Car Rental Company) which served more than 1lacs customers. I have Co-Founded 5 Startups earlier and the current venture ZingoHotels is my 6th Venture. When I started my career at 18 I knew one thing that was to be Self-Independent, I belong to a typical Muslim orthodox family and convincing initially was a tough journey. But Today, they have recognized my efforts and have accepted me the way I am.
About my Startup:- Zingo Hotels is a data-driven travel Intelligence startup which uses AI for hotel search and discovery, Local experiences and delivers a High-quality personalized guest experience to guests.
What was your motivation for venturing into this?
I have recognized one thing down the line- It is not about Fame or Recognition, Just be Focused and Keep Moving and discovering 1000 things to make it work. Offcourse Bad Things always come for free, Ignore and Be Positive with Life.
Give us a brief background about founders and its core team members?
We are Total 11 Member Team. We are 2 Co-Founders and rest are the team members.
Abhinav Prashant- CEO- comes with over 7+ years of start-up experience. He is a BBA Graduate from SMU. He Co-Founded his first startup YatriCab.com which served more than 1lacs customers and then worked with 2 well-funded startups -TinyOwl where I was handling the complete marketing of Bangalore and then I launched FabHotels in Bangalore. In ZingoHotels I am responsible for the expansion, operational policies, strategic plans, and Annual Operating Plans and dealing with vendors, suppliers & network expansion and also responsible for fundraising.
Ruhma Fathima- COO- I come with the total of 6 years of varied work experience.I have the experience of 1.5 years in HR Sector with Aruba Networks and co-founded multiple Startups such as Delhi based Cab startup YatriCab.com which served more than 1lacs customers, Bangalore based startup name Notarry Media labs which were into Advertisement and had more than 40+ Paid Clients in Bangalore. My expertise is mainly in handling Operations of Zingo Hotels and people management. I also handle the marketing and finance of the company.
Who do you see as competition and how is your startup different?
Our Competitors are Oyo, Treebo, and Airbnb. We are Offcourse Different cos we have a different Model and approach towards the market.
What are the revenues and margins like in your industry?
ZingoHotels has been quite an amazing journey, We started with literally Zero Investments and Touched a Revenue of 1.5Cr in Matter of Just 9 Months Of operations.
We are a Bootstrapped startup and have a decent commission between 20% to 25%.
What are your future plans?
Future is Huge. We are gearing to be one of leading Startup in the Travel Industry with some amazing technology backed to it.
Any advice you want to give budding entrepreneurs.
As a start-up, you want to have everything in the beginning. You are a learner and not an expert. I still don’t see myself as a person who can give advice. In a start-up, you will never know what and where are the resources you need to put in, what and how much back-up you need, etc. As a company, you need to streamline all this. Avoid being vague and illusionary.